American Repertory Theater Seeks Transgender Actors for its Production of Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women

For Immediate release: June 28, 2016

Contact: Kati Mitchell 617.495.2668



American Repertory Theater

Seeks Transgender Actors

for its Production of 

Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women

Written by Paul Lucas and Directed by Jo Bonney

Begins performances January 2017 at the Loeb Drama Center


Cambridge, MA — The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, is actively seeking transgender actors to audition for the A.R.T. 2016/17 season production Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women, written by Paul Lucas and directed by Jo Bonney. Trans Scripts will run January 19 – February 5, 2017 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle St, Harvard Square.  Rehearsals will begin in late December 2016.


Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women is a new play drawn from candid interviews with dozens of transgender women around the world.  The plays uses their actual words to shed light on the rich and diverse experiences within the trans female community. Jo Bonney (Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)) directs a cast of seven in the U.S. premiere of this frank, moving, humorous, and timely work that received a Fringe First Award for new writing at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


In producing Trans Scripts and the accompanying I.D. Festival to be held at OBERON during the run of the production, the American Repertory Theater seeks to share a broad range of trans voices and experiences. These works aim to celebrate stories both real and fictionalized that reflect this diversity, rather than subscribing to, or reinforcing the notion of a single “trans narrative.” The A.R.T. is committed to featuring the work of trans artists, and encourages artists of all gender expressions to seek out the opportunities detailed below.  


Actors interested should send a picture/resume and a short cover letter to   Actors who cannot attend auditions in person are strongly encouraged to submit video auditions through July 18th.

Casting by Stephen Kopel.



Trans Scripts Character Breakdowns


Roles still to be cast include:


Eden: White Intersex Female, 30s/40s, British. Assigned male at birth, her history was concealed from her by her parents. She has a history of both abused and self-harm. Opinionated, mercurial, and funny, she is a former substance abuser and a lesbian. Not comfortable presenting as hyper feminine, she is extremely androgynous.


Josephine: White Australian Trans Female, mid-50s, lived as a hyper masculine man for 50 years. Intelligent, emotionally fragile, self-effacing, nervous, depressed, warm. Her dream is to become a “normal girl” and disappear into society. She does not feel entitled to take up space, or even the air in the room.


Luna: African American and Latina Trans Female, 28. Orphaned at 9, she was raised in a series of group homes before transitioning at 17. Outrageous, warm, and funny, she is an expert “code-switcher,” drawing on her extensive vocabulary one minute and on her street cred the next.


Sandra: White Trans Female, 65. A former garage mechanic with the soul of a French poet, Sandra underwent a well supervised, expensive transition at 40. Introspective and measured, her soothing, yet artificial dialect lays like a beautiful shawl draped over the tent poles of a Staten Island accent.


Dr. Violet: British gynecologist, living in Australia, 72.  She presented as male her entire life in order to have the career she wanted, transitioning at 68. She is loud, funny, and pompous. Her experience in the field makes her simultaneously insightful and detached.


Zakia: African American Trans Female, 30s, began her transition at 21. Social Worker by day and Beauty Pageant Contestant/ Drag Performer by night. Although glamorous, funny, and deeply religious, she doesn’t take any shit. While her choice of words sometimes belies her intelligence, she is a thoughtful, accomplished woman who stands up for herself in a direct




The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as Artistic Director in 2008. Under the leadership of Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, the A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theatrical experiences.


Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including the Tony Award for Best New Play for All the Way (2014); consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin (2013) and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (2012), both of which Paulus directed; a Pulitzer Prize; a Jujamcyn Prize for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent; the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater; and numerous Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards.


The A.R.T. collaborates with artists around the world to develop and create work in new ways. It is currently engaged in a number of multi-year projects, including a new collaboration with Harvard's Center for the Environment that will result in the development of new work over several years. Under Paulus’s leadership, the A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, has been an incubator for local and emerging artists and has attracted national attention for its innovative programming and business models.


As the professional theater on the campus of Harvard University, the A.R.T. catalyzes discourse, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creative exchange among a wide range of academic departments, institutions, students, and faculty members, acting as a conduit between its community of artists and the university. A.R.T. plays a central role in Harvard's newly launched undergraduate Theater, Dance, and Media concentration, teaching courses in directing, dramatic literature, acting, voice, design, and dramaturgy. The A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training, run in partnership with the Moscow Art Theatre School and the Harvard Extension School, offers graduate training in acting, dramaturgy, and voice.


Dedicated to making great theater accessible, the A.R.T. actively engages more than 5,000 community members and local students annually in project-based partnerships, workshops, conversations with artists, and other enrichment activities both at the theater and across the Greater Boston area.


Through all of these initiatives, the A.R.T. is dedicated to producing world-class performances in which the audience is central to the theatrical experience.



Release Date:
June 28, 2016

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